Dispatches from the Moth

Interview

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 30, 2019

MOTHerview with Storyteller Edgar Oliver

by Suzanne Rust

While in military school, a stroke of good luck helps Edgar save face—and some important documents.What about you is most Southern? When I was growing up Savannah, it languished in a beautiful sort of desolation and decay. It had a haunted quality, like a ghost town, a quality I found very beautiful. Mother taught Helen and me to love all that was desolate, decayed and abandoned, and founded a society called the Society for the Preservation of Decay. It had only three members, M...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 02, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Frank Almond

by Jessica Cepeda

How did you know this was The Moth story you had to tell? I first considered telling it as a Moth story when Meg [Bowles, the Moth’s Senior Director] sent me an email probably in 2015. And then, it took a long time for it all to come together. In 2014, there was this Vanity Fair article and that got a lot of attention. It was big, and it was the most comprehensive. “This would work really well,” you know. I remember it took us a long time wanting to schedule or even get a concept of how to p...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 30, 2019

MOTHerview with Dana LePage (formerly Stallard)

by Suzanne Rust

Connecting with her Korean birth family helped Dana explore her identity, question personal truths and discover some surprises. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? It’s the wildest thing that has ever happened to me! But in all seriousness, the entire way my coming out story unfolded was such a life changing experience. Telling my story with the Moth helped me process everything, and it was incredibly healing. Identity plays a big role in your story...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 11, 2019

The MOTHerview with Storyteller Amy Brill

by Suzanne Rust

Amy’s special (and speedy) delivery gave her a new outlook on motherhood. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? I've been a Moth person since the very beginning, with people telling stories in George's Dawes Green’s apartment. I'd curated Moth evenings, and volunteered with workshops, but I never had a story to tell until this happened. It was such a transformative event that it was clearly a Moth story--though of course I didn't know what it was really about until ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 02, 2019

The MOTHerview with storyteller Val Rigodon

by Suzanne Rust

The surprising death of a young acquaintance inspired Val to get on her toes …and hit the barre. How did you know that this was the Moth story you had to tell? It was a happy coincidence. The week I started ballet was also the week I went to the CUNY Moth festival. Ballet was the primary thing on my mind and my body. The loss of your friend inspired you to do something new and daring--start taking ballet classes. Have you been ...

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